2013: The year of enterprise IT
Remember when Wall Street was bullish over the future of IT? When the Nasdaq soared 40 percent over 12 months, outpacing both the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average? When the share prices of giants like Microsoft and HP grew by as much as 40 percent (or more), and new players entered the stage, encouraging widespread adoption of technology and providing choice that was not available just a few years prior?
Of course you remember. It was 2013.
It’s possible 2013 was the year IT realized what carmakers, pharmaceutical companies, and utilities providers have known for a long time: The more reliable and dependable your products become, the harder it is to wow the consumer audience.
Thirty years after Steve Jobs received a standing ovation for letting the Macintosh speak for itself, consumers are more interested and engaged than ever. But they seem to be watching IT with folded arms. Until George Jetson folds a flying car into a suitcase, we may never get back to that singular wow moment.
But a not-so-well-kept secret among the corporate, academic, and government IT professionals SHI supports worldwide is that 2013 was a great year for enterprise IT. According to Dow Jones, four of the 10 most talked about public companies in 2013 were in IT–Google, Apple, Microsoft, and IBM.
Deployment of cloud computing clearly accelerated. Twenty-five percent of Microsoft enterprise customers (and counting) have Office 365. Adobe Creative Cloud topped 1 million subscribers. VMware introduced vCloud Hybrid Service to help organizations move their data center efforts into a public cloud. And in a 60 Minutes feature earlier this month, Charlie Rose said, “Amazon Web Services … may soon become Amazon’s biggest business.”
SHI’s customers were no different. Through the first three quarters of 2013, SHI recognized more than $250 million in revenue from cloud-based products. Overall, SHI’s top 15 partners grew an average of 25 percent compared to 2012, with significant growth coming from established, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and software publishers as well as newcomers, such as Samsung and EMC.
In addition to cloud adoption, enterprise mobility contributed to this great year for enterprise IT, as enterprises sought new mobile devices and solutions to give their end users the speed, choice, and flexibility they demand.
So while this might be the year that consumers decided they will no longer be wowed by gadgetry, the continued progress made by enterprise IT ensured that 2013 was hardly a lost year for IT.
We sincerely thank our customers, partners, and employees for making 2013 another fantastic year!